Your Oxfordshire county councillor isĀ 

Bethia Thomas, Liberal Democrats. 

2017 county council election (votes)

ConservativeGreenIndependentLabourLiberal DemocratMargin (votes)

CoHSAT active-travel survey answers

NameBethia Jane Thomas
Party DetailLiberal Democrats
CouncilOxfordshire County Council
Ring- fence 10+% of transport budget for active travelAgree
Make 15-min neighbour- hoods a central principle in local policyStrongly Agree
Prioritise dis- advantaged communities in transport policy/ investmentStrongly Agree
Make local transport zero-carbon and improve air qualityStrongly Agree
Apply sustainable transport hierarchy to transport/ planning decisionsStrongly Agree
Reduce car dependency in existing and new developmentsStrongly Agree
Expand the Strategic Active Travel NetworkStrongly Agree
Provide compre- hensive zero emission public transportAgree
Reduce private car trips across the CountyStrongly Agree
Reduce public and private car parking spaces in town/city centresAgree
Sign up to Vision Zero: zero road traffic deaths/ serious injuriesStrongly Agree
Oppose any major road expansionAgree

Put walking and cycling first when designing a highways scheme
Work with local communities to develop active travel plans for our market towns.
Expand Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, School Streets and 20mph in residential areas

Liberal Democrats Oxfordshire manifesto

CoHSAT survey quotes

What active-travel initiatives would you like to support in your local area?

Faringdon has been neglected when it comes to active travel initiatives, we lack any real cycle paths along major roads and those lanes that share the road with private cars have to deal with potholes and a street surface in a very poor state of repair. A better network of cycle ways across the town would be of great benefit to local residents, and simple things like the repair and resurfacing of footpaths in the town centre in Faringdon would encourage walking, particularly in the elderly community who have lost confidence by walking on unstable surfaces. I am also a great advocate for access to the countryside and would like to make sure our footpaths are open and accessible to all.

Please summarise your views on the future for transport in Oxfordshire.

We need a cleaner, greener and more integrated public transport service right across the county. In Faringdon we have a good bus service to and from Oxford and Swindon, as well as a service to Wantage. I would never drive to Oxford, but feel for those who can’t drive to other towns, and can’t get there by bus either – there are many towns and villages that are inaccessible to many. I support community transport schemes locally that cater for the clients on a personal basis. As a nervous cyclist, I would also like to see safety for cyclists put out there as priority, with a network of designated cycle lanes that are clearly separated from car users.

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